Newcastle United midfielder Jack Colback has told the Chronicle he feels the significance of facing Alan Pardew this week is irrelevant.
Pardew and Newcastle are re-united for the first time since the coach left his position at St James’ Parks to go and link up with Crystal Palace.
Colback has played down the significance of the former relationship between both parties, suggesting that points are more important moving forward.
“The Alan Pardew thing is irrelevant but it will be blown up in the media,” said Colback.
“As players we aren’t going into the game thinking: ‘Let’s get one over the old manager’, we’re just going in to get three points and push up the table.”
Newcastle will be disappointed that they weren’t able to put another win on the board after beating Hull City away from home.
The side was in a great position against Stoke but conceded late, which would have left head coach John Carver annoyed that his side weren’t able to defend their 1-0 lead.
The advantage Palace have heading into the mid-week game is that Pardew knows every inch of the Newcastle squad, he knows where the strengths are and he’ll know how to exploit the weaknesses.
There should also be a determination in the side, which Carver will look to develop before the game, for the side to react in the right manner and put another win on the board.
Colback is right to suggest Pardew isn’t the reason for that determination, though it would be extra sweet to get one over on the old manager.